Editor's re­sponse:

Down to Earth - - LETTERS -

I am re­ally grate­ful that you took the trou­ble to post your po­si­tion on my ar­ti­cle on how to plant trees and I ap­pre­ci­ate what you are say­ing. But you must un­der­stand that in In­dia we have a re­ally par­tic­u­lar con­cern that needs to dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween nat­u­ral forests that have to be pro­tected. I agree with you on that po­si­tion but we also need a much more con­certed ef­fort to plant trees be­cause we have to meet the needs of liveli­hoods of poor peo­ple. So I agree with your com­ments to some ex­tent, but I hope you will ap­pre­ci­ate where I am com­ing from.

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